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Gordini GTX Storm Trooper Glove : Intergalactic-Duty Hand Protection

The Gordini GTX Storm Trooper’s Star Wars-inspired name is a good description for how well they cocoon my hands against the elements.

I wore these while skiing on a typical cold day in March at the Big Sky Resort, Montana. Temperatures were in the teens, and the wind chill was bitingly cold. The snow was light, so I was glad to be skiing. I got suited up in my usual “it’s cold out there” ski outfit, with a jacket and hood fully zipped up over a matching helmet and goggle combo. With my white ski boots I actually a bit like a Storm Trooper.

The last piece I added to my winter armor was the GTX Storm Trooper gloves. I slid them on and liked how instantly warm they were, thanks to both the high-loft insulation that lines the gloves and to the zippered hand warmer pockets that I had filled with warmers for the backs of my hands. 

Out on the chair lift, the GTX Storm Troopers continued to keep my hands warm, and I noticed some of the other features that make them burly against the elements. The “Short” version of the glove that I had is equipped with a secure Velcro tab so that the gloves stayed on and fit well underneath my jacket cuffs.

The outer fabric was durable and stretchy, and was trimmed with goatskin and a grippy fabric in the fingers, along the backs of the knuckles, and across the palms.  I also liked knowing that the gloves were made of Gore-Tex waterproof, breathable fabric – guaranteed to be bomber proof against powder snow and against my wet, snowy gear. Throughout the day, my hands stayed warm enough so that I didn’t have to re-enact Han Solo’s move from the Empire Strikes Back – cutting open a giant snow creature to crawl inside of for warmth.

The Gordini Women’s GTX Storm Trooper Gloves are available for women in sizes S to L, in Black, Black/Dark Chocolate, Light Grey/Silver (plaid), and Black/Dark Grey (plaid).

If you’re looking for a glove for more moderate conditions, try the Gordini Women’s Luna Gloves. I found them to be similar in fit and performance to the GTX Storm Troopers, but lower profile and more suited to less extreme temperatures. I am usually a women’s small or medium in gloves and mitts, and found that the mediums I tried for both Gordini women’s gloves fit well in the palms but were a tad too long in the fingers.

Gordini also makes the Storm Trooper in men's sizes S-XL. Click to shop for men's gloves.

Bottom Line: Be well-prepared to battle the elements in these intergalactic-duty gloves. —L.B. (April ‘11)

BUY ONLINE: $60 Storm Trooper, $70 Luna ">Luna.

Manufacturer's Site: www.gordini.com

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Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

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